Everything he had seen so farthe great chocolate river, the waterfall, the huge sucking pipes, the candy meadows, the Oompa-Loompas, the beautiful pink boat, and most of all, Mr. Willy Wonka himselfhad been so astonishing that he began to wonder whether there could possibly be anymore astonishments left.

b) An amazing thing or phenomenon.
See Also: astonish, astonished

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